Sunday, January 30, 2011

So You Want to Buy or List a Condo...Will Financing Be Available?

Yesterday I received a call from an agent wanting to set up appointments on my coop units and one of my condo listings. She was not aware that this coop can only be purchased as a cash transaction..no mortgage of any kind.  Then she asked about VA financing because her mortgage person said.."There would be no problem.."

I suggested she give Mortgage Mama a call....

Via Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee (Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp 410-960-2061):
I got a call yesterday from a realtor (referred to me by Margaret Rome, THANKS MARGARET) who has a client interested in condo living.  There are some fabulous condos on the market, the prices are right, the amenities are fabulous.  For cash buyers, condo living may be a no brainer, but for many the question will be "Will financing be available?"

To determine if the condo is currently approved for FHA financing, click here.
To determine if the condo is currently approved for VA financing, click here.   It can take 8-12 weeks for the VA legal department to approve a condo.  Documents including budget and condo docs will be required for review.

The condo association may already be approved for conventional financing by specific investors, your loan officer should be able to determine.  If not, the investor will need at least the following information from any condo association you are considering (if they are not already approved):
  1. 2011 budget
  2. Condo Master Insurance Policy
  3. Signed and Dated Condo Questionnaire
There may or may not be a fee required by the condo associated for gathering the documentation.
Most lenders will  probably not approve financing if:
  • it is less than 51% owner occupied
  • the association is involved in any litigation
  • there is over a 15% delinquency rate on dues
  • the condo is over 20% commercial
  • one entity owns 10% of the condos
Don't be discouraged if a condo listed for sale is not yet approved for available financing, with some skill, diligence and proper documentation, we can help you to navigate the approval process for condos in Maryland so when someone asks "Will financing be available?"  You can answer "YES" with confidence!

UPDATE:  Local lenders may have portfolio (in house) financing programs that National lenders do not.  The guidelines are determined by their management team, and not subject to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or governmental rules. I have spoken to a local lender who has an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) program that may be a good option for some condominium buyers.  We will continue to research financing options to ensure the best fit for the client.   If we don't offer a program that works for a buyer or their home of choice, someone else does (as long as we are aware of the option) we will happily refer the buyer to that lender.
Warm Regards,
Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama   Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp #1448  410-960-2061 EHO

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